Spring Planting – Potted Herbs and Hanging Baskets

I finished up what I think will be the last of my spring planting, but at the rate I’ve been acquiring plants I can never be sure! For Mother’s Day I potted up a little herb garden for my mom. It was so cute, I decided to make one for myself too. I don’t have a good picture of my mom’s pot of herbs, but I chose the same pot (the green one in the top picture) and similar herbs to use for mine. I had too many herbs to fit in one pot, so I filled up two.

Herbs

Herbs

It’s expensive to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store, and buying a little herb plant costs about the same as one bunch of herbs. It seemed to make sense to just plant herbs that I use often to keep on hand. There’s a flower market every year about two blocks from where we live, and they had a big selection of herbs. I ended up getting Silver Edge thyme, creeping Prostrate rosemary, dwarf sage, apple mint, dill, sweet basil, and Mini Purple basil.

Dill

I’m not convinced that the dill and Mini Purple basil are going to make it, but the rest look pretty hardy. The mini purple basil just doesn’t seem to be thriving as much as it was when I first bought it, and the dill promptly threw itself over sideways as soon as I planted it. We’ll see if it rights itself again.

Dill

The neighbor’s very friendly cat also came over for a snuggle, which he does just about every day.

Neighbor's Cat

He also rolled around in the potting soil getting himself all dirty. Sometimes I think he’s trying to move in with us because he hangs out at the back door quite often. The neighbors have dogs and I think he knows we’re an all cat household and wants in on that. He’s a real sweetheart.

Neighbor's Cat

And last but not least, I potted up some hanging baskets for the front porch. I got the hanging pots at Joann Fabrics for a good price. They were $19.99 to start, but were 50% off, and then I had an additional 20% off coupon so they were only about $8 each. Then, of course, add in the plants which were about $40 total, so it ended up being about $28 per hanging basket. Pre-potted ones in that type of basket can run a bit more than that at most garden centers, usually $30-$40 around here, so we saved a little bit by doing it ourselves. We filled the hanging baskets with Calibrachoa (Callie’s Peach), Dichondra (Silver Falls), and Amstel Begonias (Dark Britt).

Hanging Baskets

So that’s just about it for our spring planting. Are any of you planting up any herbs or flowers? What’s in your garden this year?

 

Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

As promised, I am back and I have vegan breakfast recipes to share! In my last post I mentioned that February is “National Hot Breakfast Month”. When I first went vegan, breakfast was one of the more challenging meals to veganize, especially at restaurants. Everything seems geared towards eggs, dairy, and meat… omlettes, sausage, bacon, pancakes, french toast, the list goes on. Now breakfast is one of my favorite meals and I’ve realized there are lots of vegan possibilities.

This recipe is one of my favorites. It goes perfectly as a side to tofu scramble, a recipe I’ll share in a later post. These are really easy to make, with little prep time, though they do take a while to bake. If you start them first, they’ll be done by the time you prepare your other breakfast dishes. They’re perfect if you’re having company over for brunch!

Ingredients:

2 potatoes (you can scale up or down based on how many people you’re feeding)
olive oil
paprika
salt
black pepper
garlic powder
1 or 2 shallots
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 sprig of fresh thyme

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  • Thoroughly wash the potatoes. Slice them in thin, even slices so the potatoes cook evenly.
  • Lightly coat the bottom of a baking pan with olive oil so the potatoes don’t stick. Lay the potatoes out on the pan in a single layer, overlapping them slightly if you need to.
  • Season the potatoes with paprika, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. I do this by eye. You can adjust how much you use based on how seasoned you like your potatoes. I tend to season them pretty generously. Flip the potatoes, and season both sides.
  • Thinly slice a shallot and sprinkle the slices on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle the leaves from one sprig of rosemary and one sprig of thyme on top.
  • Bake the potatoes for about 1 hour at 425°F. Flip them halfway through baking. When they are soft in the middle and crispy and golden on the edges, they’re finished. Enjoy!